My July away from the blog was one for the senses. Here is a bit of a recap:
Fireworks light up the night sky as we celebrated our country's independence and my Birthday.
Butterflies, bees and birds dotting the flowers, shrubs and trees.
My nephew and his fiance on a visit from Louisiana. Can't wait until we celebrate their wedding NEXT July!
Sunshine! Days upon days of warm sunshine turned to hot sunshine - one of the hottest on record for us ever.
Bags of unused, unwanted or ill-fitting clothing we donated to the local clothing bank.
The crowing of neighboring roosters as I sipped my tea outside in the cool of the morning.
Running water as I tried desperately to keep those hanging baskets (and me as I sprayed myself) alive in the 90+ degree weather.
Friends and neighbors "discussing" (ie: complaining about) the heat and wishing for a bit of rain to green up our lives again.
The pounding of my husband's hammer hard at work on yet another project.
The summer breeze rustling through the bamboo leaves as we enjoyed grilling outdoors.
Quiet. The kind of quiet that soothes your soul and lets your heart tune in to hear God reminding you what is important.
The freshness in the air after the rain (once...) and it was lovely. I AM a Pacific Northwest native through and through.
The beautiful fragrance of gathered bouquets from the garden. I love mixing an assortment of flowers I have growing with a bit of lavender and sprigs of greens and herbs for a wild and eclectic bouquet.
Smoke from a not too distant wildfire. Way too many this year as a result of the heat and drought.
Blueberry/rhubarb crumble warm from the oven (which we topped with ice cream because - well, because!)
Hay being mowed and baled early this year from nearby fields.
Piping hot, wood fire grilled pizza from a lunch out with my daughter. The ingredients were all sourced locally save from the imported flour from Italy - so very good.
Crab salad sandwiches with close friends. We had the most special picnic on the edge of an organic dairy farm field with a grove of shading trees to one side and cows grazing in the distance. My friend had set up a table with a lovely cloth and glass dishes and another brought a wonderful salad. I provided some sweetness with cheery cheesecakes in canning jars.
Jam. I made three kinds in fact: Raspberry, a raspberry/strawberry combination and marion berry for the third. I am counting the days until it is cool enough to bake a loaf of homemade bread to go with.
Fresh garden cucumbers, radishes, lettuces, spinach, zucchini, tomatoes and more. I do love our garden.
Iced tea and lemonade and even a chocolate milkshake.
Renewed. Refreshed. Relaxed. Loved.
I hope you all have had a wonderful month and found time to savor some of the beauty and bounty, friendship and fun that summer has to offer.